An open letter to the catcallers, butt-pinchers, hand groopers, and excesive sexual content broadcasters,
We've asked nicely.
But we are tired.
I am tired.
I'm tired of being harassed,
I don't want to be preyed upon.
I don't want to be constatly analyzed,
and ranked arbitrarily on how attractive you
think I am-
as compared to all the other women your mind has stalked in gyms, through hallways, and around street corners.
I don't want to be "made aware" of a complete stranger's sexualized desire for my body
Especially when he has no desire to see me as a person,
To know my mind,
the infinities I believe in, or the way I speak in tongues.
An open letter to the "good but silent men",
You keep saying that there are good men in the world, that bad men are the minority.
I would argue that the passive male bystandard makes up the majority.
Where were the good men when a woman was gang raped to death in India?
Where were they when the Taliban shot a 14 year old girl for wanting an education?
Where were you when we demanded equal pay?
And what government lets disparity occur on a fifty-percentile margin?
What good man, stands silent to subjegation, street harassment, and unequal representation- even if his comrades are behind it?
I tell you I am tired.
I want to walk down the street confident that there isn't a birage of pornography going on in the heads of cat-calling, butt-tweaking, asinine excuses for men,
I want to be seen as a Person:
As intelligent, kind, strong, and passionate-
-at least a million other things before I'm singularily labled as pretty, beautiful,
or a "nice peice of ass."
I refuse to be a target of your conversations,
hands, thoughts, and sexual prowess; without getting a say in it.
I am tired.
I want change.
And I cannot wait on good men to act.
I will speak. We will speak.
-quietly at first but then in a voice you recognize:
We are your mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, first and last lovers.
We deserve better.
We deserve an answer.